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Culture, Sports, & Recreation



Theatre and Fine Arts


Valley Symphony Orchestra & Chorale
McAllen, TX





- Six Masterworks concerts (Oct-May)
- Intimate Chamber Music concerts (Nov-Feb)
- Youth symphony. Talented middle and high school  students from across the region learn from the Orchestra’s Maestro and musicians. Youth symphony  musicians who perform with the youth symphony  during their senior year of high school are eligible for  college scholarships, provided by the Valley Symphony Orchestra & Chorale.

Weslaco Tower Theatre

Live productions by local thespians. The “theatre in the  round" was created from a historic water storage tank and  seats 100 people.

Rio Grande Valley Ballet 

Classes for new, intermediate and advanced dancers in  classical, jazz, hiphop, tumbling and more. Annual recitals  include the 37 year-long tradition of bringing The  Nutcracker to the Rio South TX Region.

And more…

Local Galleries, Art Walks, Music Festivals 



Museum of South Texas / Hildalgo County  Historical Museum 

Exhibits, programs, special events, artifact collections,  and educational programs, and guided tours

International Museum of Art & Science 

Exhibits, cultural events and educational programs

Historic Brownsville Museum 

The Historic Brownsville Museum is located in the 1928  Southern Pacific Depot building. An example of Spanish  colonial revival architecture, the building is a Texas  Historical Marker and listed on the National Register of  Historic Places. The Museum opened in 1986 and houses  a variety of exhibits that date from the earliest military fort  to the arrival of French teaching nuns and displays of  agricultural and ranching tools.

15 Mueums


Los Ebanos Ferry

Dating back to the 1740’s this is the last hand-pulled ferry  in existence within the U.S. Named for the ebony trees in  the area the ferry has been used by Spanish explorers,  colonists, Mexican war troops, and Texas Rangers. It can  transport three cars and several pedestrians across the  Rio Grande.

Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center 

The Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center preserves,  promotes and advances the cultural heritage of the  Mexicano community through music, literature, visual,  performing and media arts.


Spanish Missions in the Rio South Texas region comprise  a series of religious outposts established by Spanish  Catholic Dominicans, Jesuits, and Franciscans to spread  the Christian doctrine.

Sports Venues and Organizations


·      Dodge Arena Event Center

·      Schlitterbahn Water Park

·      Mercedes Live Stock Show

·      Rio Grande Speedway

·      Edinburg International Racetrack

·      Los Fresnos Motorcross Park

·      Greyhould Valley Race Park

·      Rio Grande Valley Dorados (football)

·      White Wings (member of the United League Baseball,  an independent baseball league operating in cities  throughout Texas not served by Major or Minor League  teams)

·      Rio Grand Valley Bravos FC (soccer)

·      Rio Grande Valley Vipers (NBA affiliate Houston  Rockets)

Recreational Facilities and Opportunities


·      South Padre Island

·      Eight Country Clubs

·      21 Golf Courses

·      Freshwater, Bay and Deep Sea Fishing

·      Hunting Ranches

·      Yacht Club

·      Biking Trails

·      Shooting/Gun Ranges

·      Eco Tourism

·      Three State Parks

·      Coastal birding trails, birding center sites, wildlife preserves and refuges, butterfly parks and nature  trails, wetlands